The Mayor’s Table: Thanksgiving with the Frys

The Mayor’s Table: Thanksgiving with the Frys

When Mayor Bob Fry and his wife Jo Ann sit down to Thanksgiving with their family there is one dish everyone is looking forward to digging into: the cheese potatoes. “I can’t fix a holiday meal without fixing cheese potatoes,” Jo Ann says. The recipe has been on the Fry’s...
County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s dog Lilli hasn’t left his side since he took her home from Park Lovers’ Ball in 2011. Judge Emmett and his wife Gwen attended the Friends of West U Parks Fund’s annual event and knew that they would bid on something. That something turned out...
A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

When Steve and Leah Ragiel’s children started asking when they could get a puppy, it turned out there couldn’t have been a better time or a better cause. The Ragiels are one of the many West U families who have a puppy from the Friends of West University Place Parks...
West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

“People who have old cars love to talk to other people who have old cars,” says West U resident and local business owner Gregg Thompson. That universal truth was the inspiration for West U Hood Poppers, a neighborhood event where classic car owners and enthusiasts can “ooohh and aaahh” over...
The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

I can’t seem to part with my ’64 Dodge Dart It’s a work of art never mind that it don’t start I bought it used back in 1989 That little MOPAR monster is like an old friend of mine* For more than 20 years, John and Lynn Old’s 1939 Chevrolet...
West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

Tommy Jones II was born and raised in West U and spent his entire career serving on the West U Fire Department. Now he and his sister Linda Pizzi are giving back to the city in a way they hope will help their parents’ memory live on. Tommy and Linda...
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Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Blueberry Pie (America’s Test Kitchen) This recipe was developed using fresh blueberries, but unthawed frozen blueberries (our favorite brands are Wyman’s and Cascadian Farm) will work well. Blueberry Filling 6 cups                       fresh blueberries (3 pints or about 30 ounces) or 2 pkg. 16 oz frozen berries 1 ea                        Granny Smith apple,...
Thanksgiving Recipes Part 2

Thanksgiving Recipes Part 2

An East Texas Thanksgiving Our family spends Thanksgiving in East Texas, in our cabin, in the woods. We place 8 foot tables outside and dress them up with the foliage from the woods surrounding us… We feed 20-30 people. Every body brings their special dish, from venison to dove and quail and the all traditional...
Thanksgiving Recipes Part 3

Thanksgiving Recipes Part 3

I have wonderful memories of the smells of Thanksgiving dinner cooking. My mother is always in the kitchen in her red quilted jumper dress and apron; simultaneously preparing a roasted turkey with all of the trimmings, trying to keep it all hot to serve at the same time.  She always insists on making homemade rolls,...
Community Invited to Southside Place Winter Carnival

Community Invited to Southside Place Winter Carnival

Join your friends and neighbors at Southside Place’s third annual Winter Wonderland Carnival. All proceeds from the carnival help maintain and improve Fire Truck Park. Frost Bank has donated $5,000 for the third year in a row and is the Grand Sponsor of the carnival. The carnival will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10...
Connecting with Your Council

Connecting with Your Council

During my time on council and as your mayor I have been impressed by the number of people who come to council workshops and meetings just to learn about their city government. I also have known of instances where some people decided to apply for a board or commission or even run for council without...
Connecting with Your Publisher

Connecting with Your Publisher

Years ago, as a single mother, I would invite friends who had no family in Houston, or some with no family at all, to my house for Thanksgiving, and we would all cook together while our children played. Over the years this tradition morphed into what my friends and I call “Friendsgiving.” We host Friendsgiving...
Creature Comforts: Knitters Donate for West U Children

Creature Comforts: Knitters Donate for West U Children

When the West U Fire Department responds to situations involving children, the children will be comforted by a homemade stuffed animal that was made for them by West U’s knitting club. What started as a one-time scarf making workshop, is now a weekly club of three women who enjoy knitting and donating their crafts to...
On the Job: Stories from West U’s Animal Control Officer

On the Job: Stories from West U’s Animal Control Officer

West U’s Animal Control and Code Enforcement Officer Daniel Paripovich has worked for the city for more than 12 years. Here he shares with us a couple of his favorite stories. Dog stuck in fence It was obvious that the dog had been trying to get between the bars of the fence to get out...
West U Resident Shares Love of Horses with Nonprofits

West U Resident Shares Love of Horses with Nonprofits

Just a few miles from West U, Nina Springer and two friends have a 43-acre piece of property they call “the barn,” a place where they keep their horses and allow nonprofit groups that are close to their heart use the land. West U seniors recently took a trip to tour the property and see...
Photos: West U Residents and Their Pets

Photos: West U Residents and Their Pets